30 Aug 2015

Modern Living in the Old Houses of Loviisa

Loviisa is a municipality and town of 15,424 inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. 

Loviisa was founded in 1745, as a border fortress against Russia. Most of the fortifications have been preserved. It is named after Lovisa Ulrika, the Swedish Queen consort of Adolf Frederick of Sweden.

Every year in the end of August the people living in the eldest part of Loviisa
open their homes and gardens for people to visit. 

It is wonderful to see these over 100 years old houses still giving beautiful homes
to their owners. You can see by every detail that the houses are kept with
love and passion, respecting the original structures, firepalces, windows,
doors, stone fences, old trees - and grabel roads. 

  
Loviisan wanhat talot 2015

Popup fleamarkets and cafes




You can have modern classics, antique, skitch, pop art and antique in one place -
looks great!


Boys played punk. Mom has got a thing about crystal chandeliers.


Art behind every corner...



So many details, so much to see


Eggs and sunflowers from the garden


About 43 % of the population is Swedish-speaking.


Original homes, original atmosphere. Lovely place to visit.
Thank you, Loviisa, see you next year!



24 Aug 2015

Tweed - In or Out?

In. Defenately.

"The original name of the cloth was tweel, Scots for twill, 
it being woven in a twilled rather than a plain pattern. 

Like many names, a story tells that the name came almost by chance. 
About 1830, a London merchant received a letter from a Hawick firm, 
Wm. Watson & Sons, Dangerfield Mills about some tweels. The London merchant 
misinterpreted the handwriting, understanding it to be a trade-name taken from 
the river Tweed that flows through the Scottish Borders textile area. 
Subsequently the goods were advertised as Tweed, and the name has remained ever since."
-Wikipedia-

river Tweed, Scotland
Sunset over the Tweed, the trees and the Eildon Hills. | by Dru Dodd
"Tweed is a rough, woollen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure. Colour effects in the yarn may be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun."
-Wikipedia-

Harris Tweed is the world’s only commercially produced handwoven tweed. 
The tweeds are handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, 
finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool 
dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.
If you wish to learn more about Harris Tweed, please, visit their website


Is there equestrian style without tweed?
According to Mr. Ralph Lauren - no.

Ralph Lauren tweed


Equestrian fashion, tweed


We think that as well! One of the most popular patterns of the 
nannasalmi collection is called 'tweed'.

tailhair ribbon 'tweed'

All the variations of different ribbon styles you find

Do you think these would look good with your tweeds?
Or could they be "the tweed" of your outfit?


"Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns"
  -Hermione Gingold-

Ok, we believe that! Wear tweed around your finger or your wrist, wear it
next to your heart... Have your dearest friend with you all the time-
forever.

-nannasalmi custom made fine jewellery made with your own horse´s hair-




20 Aug 2015

Black - boring?

Our customers often say: 
"My horse´s tail is all black... Will the ribbon look boring?"
May we ask: does this horse look boring?

Katarzyna Okrzesik-Mikolajek
Yeah, right! No, it does not...

Horsehair is like silk, wool, fur or any other natural fibre -
it is never boring what ever color. 

original collection by nannasalmi

It gives the design space...

custom made in Finland

What would be a better background for diamonds?

horsehair tailhair white gold

Black is cool, modern and timeless.

So, please, don´t worry if your horse´s tail is all black. It will look gorgeous! 

"Women who wear black lead colorful lives." - Neiman Marcus



Ossi, a Very Special Pony

I want to tell you about Ossi, who made our life so much better. The beginning of his life was as unexpected as it's end.

One morning, a few days before Christmas, there was a little baby pony lieing on straw beside his mom. Nobody had noticed she was pregnant. Her owner was very surprised.

Nobody knows where Ossi spent next years of his life, but he wasn´t treated very well. 3 years before I bought him he was rescued from a very bad place by Patricia, his owner before us. Patricia took care of him and he became quite corpulent. I never saw him really thin because he loved to eat. Understandable ... In his herd Ossi was always the lowest one, he was a bit afraid of other horses, but he was such a happy and thankful little horse.

I got him 12 years ago when he was already 21. With his 122 cm he was not the biggest one, a bit too small for me and my 170 cm, but it didn't matter: We had a lot of fun with him. He loved tolting and did it very well. He was really fast tolter specially while riding with other horses. He did it all by himself, sometimes we had to slow him down because I was afraid it could be too much for him. If a rider couldn't establish himself well enough he was carried back to the barn by Ossi after a few meters. A rider was also in difficulties if Ossi had to poop. He didn´t want to do it on a road. He suddenly stopped and ran into deep woods. He did not care loosing his rider. Then he looked for a soft ground where he felt comfortable to poop. After a lot of unsuccessful tryings I gave up breaking him of this habit. I did not have any other choice.

Ossi taught a lot of children to ride. My nine year old daughter Alina started riding him together with me when she was only 9 months old. She often fell asleep on his back during rides. She learned so much from him, and if he had a bad day and didn´t want to work, he simply stopped and refused to take another step forward. His character was unique, a bit stubborn but always adorable. He put up with everything but he didn´t allow to put upon him.

I stopped riding him a few years ago. I didn´t want to ask too much from an old pony. He was fit as a fiddle until the very end. I was sure he would live many more years.

Everybody who knew him said he looked great. He had a 35 year old friend Birta and they spent their days and nights together. They had a lot of space - it was a paradise for horses. They always had contact with other horses, though Ossi didn´t care about that very much. He had his Birta and sometimes there were foals on the same paddock together with him. He loved running with them fast as the wind, and he still did that one day before his sudden death, 3 months before he turned 30.

Late one evening he got a stomach ache. By chance Doris, the barn owner, was there at 11 in the evening and noticed Ossi had a colic. She gave him Buscoban, brought him into the stable and looked after him again a bit later. I am so thankful for that. At 2 a.m. they called me from the barn and told me that he was doing badly and they had called the vet. Immediately I drove to the barn and was shocked of Ossi's miserable condition. Doris had tried a lot and she did everything right but the vet had a bad feeling. He thought it would be a volvulus. Together with Doris I brought him to the clinic. At this point once again I want to say thank you to her. Without her help Ossi would have died during the night under hard pain. The vets tried everything and in the beginning it looked like he could survive. Every 2 hours I called the clinic and with each call my hope decreased. At 7 pm I got the vet´s call: There was nothing to do anymore - we had to put Ossi down.

After 3 years I still can´t believe that I tell you about the life and death of my beloved horse. But no matter how enormous the sorrow is, it is solacing to know that Ossi was loved by everybody and Alina and I haven´t been alone with our sorrow. Since the sad part of his life Ossi had such wonderful, happy 12 years together with us. I know that he is doing well where ever he is now - he will be immortal and forever loved in our minds and he will remain as an unforgettable pony. A 4 year old son of my friend found the right words when he heard of Ossi´s death. He said: ”Ossi was a lucky charm horse you can have only once in a lifetime.”

Katrin Gollwitzer, GER





14 Aug 2015

nannasalmi in The Dublin Horse Show 2015

Dublin Horse Show has become a Dublin institution since the first time it was held in 1864. 
It celebrates Ireland's affinity with the horse, from the best show horses 
to the best international show jumpers.

There is something to see for everybody, you can "shop until you drop", you can spend 
hours just watching audience, riders and horses from all over the world. And, of course,
you can eat and drink well and spend some fabulous days with your friends!

If you work there, the five days are interesting, they give a lot, you get to meet horse loving people and colleagues - and afterwords... you are tired but happy!

Our Irish agent, Stacey Mc Mahon / Tailored Equestrian had a concessions stand at Simonscourt and we were there for three days with her company. 
Thank you all for visiting us, it was amazing to meet you all and get such 
wonderful feedback on the collection!

There was not too much time to go around photographing, but here some moments...

Dublin Horse Show Simonscourt

Tailored Equestrian represents the top brands like Cavalleria Toscana, Parlanti, Animo, 
Anna Scarpati, Devoucoux and Flexi Equine.
And, of course, nannasalmi horsehair fine jewellery. If you are in Ireland, contact Stacey, 
she would be more than happy to help you with shopping these exqlusive brands.

"Staff meetings"...


She is amazing  Clemence Faivre Gala



The foals were cute! The mares took it easy and calm but children, you know,
sometimes they just get hungry...


Tradiotional accessories, clothing and costumes.


Everything has got an end... Sunday evening, 7 p.m. it was all over. For the audience.
Then started cleaning, packing and driving horses and riders back home to wait 
for the next show!



Thank you, Dublin, for friendly people, beautiful city and a wonderful show!
See you next year 20th-24th July, 2016



For our Irish customers, please, contact




11 Aug 2015

Interview with Nanna Salmi - part V


Nanna has a background as a textile artist, textile artesan and designer. 
Did that grow your interest in material? 


- Yes, for sure. For decades I have worked with textiles and yarn. I have made 
applications and quilt work, I have made rugs. I have designed knitwear, embroidery, 
clothing and interior decoration textiles etc. But that is not all. I have also designed 
and planned gardens, interiors for private houses and even small buildings. But horsehair; 
that really caught me...

inventing woven horsehair jewellery
Nanna Salmi in 1982
- The most natural way for me was to try to make a miniature textile with hair. I had seen 
jewellery made out of plaited or somehow twisted and twined hair, but I wanted to do 
something more lasting, sophisticated, configurable with patterns and colors.

But now, back to the birthday present. You had a ribbon ready, what was the next step? 

- I went to the goldsmith and gave him Nitte's olive bit and asked him to make it in a 
smaller scale. Then the tiny bit was attached to the ribbon and the first 
necklace was ready.

Nanna takes another cup of coffee, we are glancing through old photos.

- I will never forget the moment my friend got her birthday present. We were about 
a dozen of boarders celebrating her at the dinner table. At the dessert time 
she started to open her presents, looked at the necklace and said ”nice”, 
put the box away and started to open the next one. 
The lady beside her notified that the necklace ribbon is made of horsehair, 
she took another look and said ”really, wow”, and put the box away...

When she was told that the ribbon was actually made of her three mares' hair, 
tears started to well in her eyes. It was truely an emotional moment full of amazement, 
happiness and joy. And I thought ”great, she really likes it”.

nannasalmi has invented woven horsehair jewellery

Some minutes later another lady whispered to me ”I want that, too”, and when the fifth one 
asked if I could make something similar for her, too, I realized that I had invented 
something really special.

To be continued... Read also



5 Aug 2015

My girl Trocadia

My girl (Trocadia) has a special story. She comes from the stud Olympia. After a few races she has been rejected. One win and a few positionings haven´t been enough. Afterwards her previous owner (herself a jockey) took her and she got 2 foals. 

Her owner kept the foals but the mare in addition was too expensive. By chance I heared of her, went to see her and immediately fell in love with her. She set me back 200 €. We moved to a western barn and I decieded to ride her in western style. 

Since about 2 months she is under the saddle now. Sometimes we still have some differences. She has a lot of character and she is very intelligent. But anyway I prefare those horses.

She is a real beauty (and she knows it very well). And for me she is very special. My dream and my wish complied absolutely with her.

Alexandra SpĆ¼rck, Germany




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